Everyday People Yoga in Eugene, Oregon offers yoga classes for students of all levels. All classes can be considered a combination of hatha yoga and vinyasa yoga; the fusion of physical effort with careful sequencing.
Classes are designed for every type of student, with special consideration for those who may have physical limitations due to injury, age, or lifestyle. The pace is slow to allow for deeper integration of poses, with sequences designed to allow for the use of props for additional support. Standing postures are eliminated, with many postures practiced while lying flat on the back, making these classes safe for beginners. Restoratives are also good entry level classes for students who are curious about yoga, and are taking their first class.
Gentle yoga classes are intended for beginners who are either new to yoga, or need a slow-paced class due to either an injury, or a chronic condition such as arthritis, osteoporosis, sciatica, or carpal tunnel syndrome. A safe environment is created for students to explore their bodies, with poses that focus on rebuilding strength, balance, and flexibility. Classes normally include a balanced combination of basic sun salutations, standing postures, forward folds, and gentle backbends and twists. The pace is slower, and students will be encouraged to use props (blocks, blankets, etc.) to modify poses when appropriate.
Zen Yoga classes combine yoga postures with Buddhist practices of mindfulness to help release blocks created by fear. Routines flow from one pose to the next, and postures are practiced while standing, sitting, and lying down. Students are encouraged to go at their own pace, making Zen Yoga suitable for both beginner and advanced students. Alignment is emphasized as a means of fostering a smooth energy flow throughout the body. Through the practice of Zen Yoga, we learn how to better cope with the stress that results from leading fast-paced lives.
A definite step up from Gentle Yoga, with more complex sequences that include core work and basic inversions. Pacing can be a bit quicker as well, which makes these classes appropriate for students with more familiarity with yoga. Students will be encouraged to use props (blocks, blankets, etc.) to modify poses when appropriate.
Vinyasa Classes definitely challenge the body, and are most beneficial for students with a more regular practice. Variations are offered for those who wish to explore deeper. The pace is steady, with poses flowing from one to the next. Careful attention is given to safe sequencing; each class includes a balanced mix of sun salutations, standing postures, core work, arm balances, twists, backbends, and inversions. Not recommended for beginners.
Originally designed by Krishnamacharya, this set of six series was taught to young, athletic boys at the Mysore Palace in Southern India. Among them were Pattabhi Jois and BKS Iyengar. Considered by many to be the original flow-oriented practice out of which the sun salutations have evolved, ashtanga yoga includes a wide variety of postures that are interconnected. Deep, rhythmic breathing is encouraged throughout the practice in order to stoke the internal fire (agni) of purification.
In this class, students will be led through the primary series, with modifications offered where appropriate. Recommended for intermediate/advanced students who have at least some familiarity with Vinyasa/Power classes.
Originally developed by Taoist yogi Paulie Zink, and recently spread throughout the United States by Bernie Clark and Paul Grilley, to name a few, Yin yoga aims to improve flexibility by stimulating the connective tissues to help increase circulation in the joints. Holding seated and supine postures for 3 – 5 minutes at a time while practicing deep breathing is said to improve the flow of Qi: the subtle energy that travels along the body’s meridians. Yin Yoga is a deeply relaxing, yet invigorating practice that is intended to supplement the average Western Yang, or active lifestyle.
Yin Yoga is suitable for students with at least some familiarity with yoga, who are comfortable holding seated postures for an extended duration.
Named after BKS Iyengar by his students, Iyengar Yoga is currently offered at thousands of yoga institutes and studios worldwide. Iyengar classes emphasize precise alignment, longer holds, and the use of props and modifications to allow newer students to access even seemingly difficult postures. Recommended for intermediate/advanced students.
This class is for students of all ages and backgrounds. A modified yang style, Tai Chi Yoga is distinguished at the physical level by exploring the body’s full range of motion; this includes continuously turning the waist and spine. The movements exercise the entire physiology, including the tendons, joints, connective tissue, and internal organs. At the mental and spiritual level, they are a method of “taming the heart:” developing an attitude of calm, compassion and increased selflessness during practice and in daily life.
Students who attend classes regularly for 3 months will learn the 108 move tai chi set, and will be able to practice with the support of the group moving together.
The practice of Zen meditation is thousands of years old, having been transmitted from Northern India to China, Korea, and Japan. Meditation practice helps us to break the habit of being controlled by our many thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This makes it easier for us to respond to stress, worries, and clinging to the past.
As one’s meditation practice deepens, its benefits naturally begin to extend into every aspect of life. No matter what situation one is faced with, it becomes easier to remain centered, which allows us to truly enjoy our lives. All are welcome to join – participants choose the posture that is most comfortable, adjusting whenever necessary.
Meditation is a chance to stop doing and simply be. It is the antidote for distraction and avoidance, a gift of paying attention to that within us that needs our care.
Many people have the idea that meditation is about sitting still and clearing the mind, and if they can’t do those things then they are doing it “wrong.” In meditation classes, you will be invited to let go of these assumptions. You will be taught proper posture to ensure the most relaxation and physical comfort. Often we will be lying down. Those who need blankets, cushions, or extra support are encouraged to use/bring them. We will all work with our current state of being, whatever that may be: discursive, emotional, uplifted, calm.
Students will have the opportunity to deepen their practice by exploring a number of universal chants for peace, happiness, and well-being. This may include mantras – sacred phrases from various faiths/religions, or other bhajans – Indian devotional songs that express love for the divine. The chant leader will take the time to translate/explain each mantra or chant, offering notecards and assisting with pronunciation whenever necessary. Students will also have the opportunity to share their own chants, if they so desire.
Students will have the opportunity to practice either A. A standard, well-balanced sequence (with pictures of each posture) that is suitable for most students. B. A sequence of postures designed by the instructor that addresses an individual student’s needs, or C. A sequence of their own from any of the yogic traditions/styles. This might include: ashtanga yoga, anusara yoga, iyengar yoga, etc. (Hot yoga and bikram yoga would be the only exceptions: we do not turn up the heat past 75 degrees). An instructor will be present to offer guidance to each student where appropriate. This will be in the form of visual and tactile cues, as well as physical assists for those who feel comfortable being adjusted. Open practice is different than led classes, since students aren’t given cues for each breath and movement. This allows the student to go at his/her own pace, and gives the instructor the opportunity to focus on the students’ individual needs.
Please note: if you plan to participate in open practice and would like a sequence designed for your needs, write us a message that explains your physical needs.